#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 23, 2017

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In a rare meeting in Manila on Thursday, June 22, the foreign ministers of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia committed their countries would study a plan to “contain” the spread of terrorism through social media.

This comes after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed, in a phone conversation Wednesday night, to ramp up joint efforts against terrorism amid the growing threat of Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Southeast Asia.

Speaking of social media, Facebook has introduced new security features for women using the platform in India. One of them is the ability to prevent strangers from downloading women’s profile pictures.

Meanwhile, don’t forger to check out Rappler’s series of special reports on the first anniversary of Duterte presidency.

Here are the other stories you shouldn't miss.

PH, Indonesia, Malaysia bring counter-terror fight to social media

The Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia agreed to study a plan to "contain" the spread of terrorism through social media, as they capped a rare meeting in Manila on Thursday, June 22. The meeting was attended by Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, and their countries' top security officials. The meeting was held after recent terror attacks in the region. The countries will also study a proposal to "stop the flow of terrorist financing."

The night before, President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo spoke on the phone and agreed to ramp up joint efforts against terrorism amid the growing threat of Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Southeast Asia.

Anti-graft court sentences ex-PCGG chief Sabio to 12 to 20 years

The first division of the Sandiganbayan sentenced former Presidential Commission on Good Government Chairman Camilo Sabio to 12 to 20 years in prison for graft over anomalous vehicle leases in 2007 and 2009 when was PCGG chair. Each count of graft carried a sentence of 6 to 12 years. Sabio, who turns 82 next month, said he will appeal the decision.

Mayor in Pampanga who defied term limits for 22 years steps down

Mayor Marino "Boking” Morales of Mabalacat City in Pampanga had been the longest-serving mayor – for 22 years – until the Department of the Interior and Local Government served him a cease and desist order on June 19. He was able to pull this off by going around the constitutional and Local Government Code limit of 3 consecutive 3-year terms for local officials.

Facebook has a tool to protect Indian women's privacy

Facebook has introduced new security features for women using the social media platform in India. Research by the social media giant found that some Indian women were reluctant to show their faces in their profile pictures, fearing the images could be misused. The first safeguard – identified by a small shield and blue border on the image – prevents strangers from downloading, sharing or tagging themselves in someone else's profile picture, or taking a screen shot of the image.

Cebu Pacific now flies to Boracay at night

Gokongwei-led airline Cebu Pacific announced the launch of new night flights to and from Boracay via Caticlan Airport beginning Saturday, July 1. This is in response to a long-standing tourist request, it said. The new night routes make adds two daily round-trip flights between Manila and Caticlan, with Cebu Pacific’s last flight set to leave Manila at 6:55 pm and return from Caticlan at 8:45 pm.

Highlights: Year 1 of President Duterte’s administration

In this special series, Rappler looks back at the highlights of the first 365 days of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, and proposes ways of moving forward in the next years, through features, analyses, in-depth reports, and videos.

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